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‘I, Tonya’ is a Hit for Neon, While A24 Thrives With ‘The Disaster Artist’ and ‘Lady Bird’

‘I, Tonya’ is a Hit for Neon, While A24 Thrives With ‘The Disaster Artist’ and ‘Lady Bird’
Over the last six weekends, six new specialized releases have opened to a per-theater average of over $60,000. “I, Tonya” is the latest, and comes at a time when seats at prime theaters are at a premium.

Still, it isn’t necessarily a bad weekend to open. Last year, “La La Land” launched to $881,000 in five theaters, a nearly $170,000-per-theater result. But it had far less competition, ecstatic reviews, top stars, and signs of early appeal that propelled it to over $100 million and much more worldwide.

This year has more strong titles; even better, most show early success with wider audiences. “The Disaster Artist” expanded quickly in its second weekend to place #4 overall, while A24 had a second Top 10 hit again with “Lady Bird.” That film, coming off critics’ group wins, is thriving and easily the leader among fall releases so far. In fact, it already is the second-biggest specialized release
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‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Film Review: A Mainstream Moviegoing Miracle

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Film Review: A Mainstream Moviegoing Miracle
You’ve heard the one about the jock (Ser’Darius Blain, “Camp X-Ray”), the brain (Alex Wolff, “My Friend Dahmer”), the loner (Morgan Turner, “Wonderstruck”), and the princess (Madison Iseman, “Still the King”) saddled with detention. But until now you didn’t know the high-concept version that involves them getting lost in the jungle, switching bodies, outrunning motorcycle ninjas or being attacked by hungry, hungry hippos. As premises for a combination sequel-reboot to 1995’s adventure “Jumanji” go, it’s the sort of thing could fail very badly. Happy news, then: “Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle” is the Christmas tentpole release that aims to please.
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Your True Crime Obsession May Be Affecting Your Brain More Than You Realize

Ed Kemper got to me. Well, technically, Cameron Britton's creepy portrayal of Ed Kemper in Mindhunter got to me, but when I fell into my go-to true crime rabbit hole and looked up the real-life serial killer featured in the Netflix series, it might as well have been the same guy. After bingeing Mindhunter over two days, I couldn't stop thinking about the man who viciously murdered and mutilated 10 people, including his own mother, in the 1960s and '70s. I had trouble sleeping. Of course, when I step back and think about it, I wonder how any of us are sleeping soundly considering the treasure trove of true crime entertainment we all seem to be devouring. There's Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, My Friend Dahmer, American Crime Story, and the upcoming The Devil in the White City adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio as infamous Chicago killer H.
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Cinemaholics #42: The Disaster Artist Review

Oh, hi Cinemaholics listeners. It’s time to review The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco as Tommy Wiseau. Based on the book of the same name by Greg Sestero, this new movie is a dramatic comedy about the making of The Room, considered by many to be the “best worst” film ever made.

As always, the Cinemaholics also cover a host of Mini Reviews, starting with My Friend Dahmer, based on the graphic novel of the same name about notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer from the perspective of someone who knew him in high school. Elsewhere, Jon talks about the first two episodes of Runaways, a new Marvel original show on Hulu which definitely has some potential, as it centers around a group of high schoolers who find out their parents are super villains and inherit their powers.

Maveryke and Will, meanwhile, have a lot to say
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Record Opener ‘Disaster Artist’ and ‘The Shape of Water’ Lead Specialty Box Office Surge

Record Opener ‘Disaster Artist’ and ‘The Shape of Water’ Lead Specialty Box Office Surge
The hits keep on coming. Both “The Disaster Artist” (A24) and “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight) opened strong, despite the usual strong-fall off in post-Thanksgiving audiences. Last year the month of November saw only one specialized release, “Manchester By the Sea,” pull an opening platform per theater average over $60,000. This year has already seen five.

The Disaster Artist” (in 11 markets) showed the best performance in New York/Los Angeles of any title this year (nearly $120,000 per theater), besting last weekend’s numbers for “Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics). They join other Oscar-bound strong openers including “Lady Bird” (A24) and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight).

This marks unprecedented strength over such a short period, with “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards” already performing well in wider release. At some point exhibitors are going to be challenged to handle so many hits (all will not go wide
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Is Best Opener of 2017; ‘Darkest Hour’ Launches Well

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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Is Best Opener of 2017; ‘Darkest Hour’ Launches Well
Two year-end Oscar contenders, “Call Me by Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics) and “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features), opened well over the Thanksgiving holiday. “Call Me by Your Name” is now the top initial weekend platform grosser of the year, at a level often seen by films that end up as Oscar leaders. While Wednesday opener “Darkest Hour” didn’t perform at the same level, Focus launched the World War drama at a level consistent with its favorable reviews and strong media positioning.

“Bombshell: The Heddy Lamarr Story” (Zeitgeist/Kino Lorber) enjoyed an excellent initial New York single theater showing, as yet another documentary about creative world figure drew unexpected interest.

Read More:‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Loves the Story Too Much to Think About Sequels

Two robust recent openers, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight) and “Lady Bird” (A24), showed continued strength, pulling crossover interest
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Giving Movie Thanks (2017 Edition)

I’d imagine every one of us, despite our individual life situations, however privileged or difficult they may be, wouldn’t have too much trouble coming up with a pretty long list of people and circumstances for which to be grateful, during the upcoming week traditionally reserved for the expression of thanks as well as throughout the entirety of the year.

Even in our brave new world, where gratitude and humility and generosity of spirit often seem to be in short supply, at the mercy of greed, abuse of power, disregard for the rule of law, and megalomaniac self-interest cynically masquerading as an aggressive strain of nationalist, populist passion, there are good, everyday reasons to look around and take stock of blessings in one’s immediate surroundings.

And speaking specifically as one who has the privilege and opportunity to occasionally write about matters concerning the movies, and even a (very
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‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ and ‘Mudbound’ Vie Against Fall Box Office Hits

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‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ and ‘Mudbound’ Vie Against Fall Box Office Hits
Leading fall Oscar contenders “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight) and “Lady Bird” (A24) continue to pull crowds as they both expand after limited openings. They are the top performers by far among specialized films this weekend, including the platform debut of “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (Sony).

The Denzel Washington legal drama had a modest debut in four New York/Los Angeles theaters before its wider release on Wednesday. The fate of Dee Rees’ acclaimed “Mudbound” (Netflix) is the compelling story of the weekend. The ’40s southern farm drama opened in a handful of big city theaters parallel to its home-viewing debut, with grosses unreported by Netflix. We are estimating its performance based on limited indications from several theaters.

Also getting strong reviews for its New York-Los Angeles debut, the Chilean Oscar submission “The Fantastic Woman” (Sony Pictures Classics) opened for a qualifying week with no grosses reported. It
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[Podcast] We Need To Talk About Horror Episode 15: 2 Stranger 2 Things

Mike, Jeremy, Andy and Joseph talk a bout Netflix’s Stranger Things 2 among other things!

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Show Notes:

00:01:18 – What We’ve Been Watching

Jeremy – Hellraiser: Bloodline, Black Mirror, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Cathy’s Curse, Amityville 1992: It’s About TIme, Pinocchio’s Revenge

Joseph – My Friend Dahmer, Netflix’s Mindhunter, Gerald’s Game, You Get Me, Like.Share.Follow

Mike – Found Footage 3D, Jigsaw, Red Christmas, Outlander, The Babysitter

AndyA Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Spookers, Q&A with Pam Grier at Sliff, Thoroughbreds, My Friend Dahmer

00:40:52 – Andy, Jeremy & Mike saw Victor Crowley

00:50:54 – #GetUpInDemGuts: Stranger Things 2 (01:12:50 is when the spoilers start!)

01:26:23 – Horrorlimination – 1983 & 1979

Killer Track: “Terrorvision” by The Fibonaccis

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The Loft Film Festival 2017

The Loft Film Festival 2017
Better than ever, now in its seventh year, the spectacular program with its filmmaking guests and a committed community of dedicated and intellectually alive filmgoers invigorates the mind and activist tendencies already in play.

Take for instance, University of Arizona Professor Noam Chomsky, one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world, speaking with Regents’ Professor Toni Massaro about social justice and the environment. Here he is, in person, being honored as every word he speaks is treated as a jewel. Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Chomsky has written more than 100 books, his most recent being Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power. An ardent free speech advocate, Chomsky has published and lectured widely on U.S. foreign policy, Mideast politics, terrorism, democratic society and war. Chomsky, who joined the UA faculty this fall, is a laureate professor in the Department of
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‘Three Billboards’ Joins ‘Lady Bird’ as a Female-Centric Specialized Smash

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‘Three Billboards’ Joins ‘Lady Bird’ as a Female-Centric Specialized Smash
For the second straight weekend, a strongly reviewed new film with a central female character broke through the clutter of this mixed fall season to great success. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight) joined “Lady Bird” (A24) as the best starts among the many top titles vying for attention, and both did so by a wide margin above other films. “Lady Bird” added other top cities and proved its first week was no fluke, showing results unequaled since “La La Land” last year.

The grosses in both cases are early results, but the films look in prime position for both greater success and maximum attention just as the awards jockeying is reaching high gear. And given that both are female-centered, and not historical figure-based like so many other titles, makes them even more vital at the moment.

Opening

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) Metacritic: 86; Festivals include: Venice,
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Movie Review – My Friend Dahmer (2017)

My Friend Dahmer, 2017.

Written and Directed by Marc Meyers.

Starring Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Dallas Roberts, Liam Koeth, Tommy Nelson, Harrison Holzer, Vincent Kartheiser, Cameron McKendry, Miles Robbins, and Anne Heche.

Synopsis:

A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.

Not even 10 minutes into My Friend Dahmer (written and directed by Marc Meyers, also based on the graphic novel by Dahmer’s real-life high school buddy and fellow band mate Derf Backderf played by Alex Wolff here) the sociopathic and downright chillingly psychotic Jeffrey Dahmer is seen mimicking the abnormal movements and voice of an interior decorator suffering from cerebral palsy. He then goes out to a wooden shed nearby his house to dissolve dead animals into acid to study their insides and bone structure. For most portraits of infamous serial killers, that would be the money shot, but this analyzation of the broken home-raised, oddball social outcast
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How Ross Lynch Transformed Into Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer for My Friend Dahmer

How Ross Lynch Transformed Into Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer for My Friend Dahmer
Ross Lynch is leaving his Disney Channel stardom behind for a much more sinister role.  The 21-year-old actor, who got his start on Austin & Ally, stars as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the film, My Friend Dahmer. Based on graphic novel of the same name, the biographical drama explores Dahmer's teenage years just prior to when he began his killing spree.  So how did Ross prepare to play one of history's most notorious figures? Well, it all started with research. During today's appearance on E!'s Daily Pop he shared, "Thankfully we live in the 21st century and you can find out so much about anybody on the internet. There's so much to learn about...
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Sliff 2017 Interview: Marc Meyers – Director of My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer screens Friday, November 10th at 7:00pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Director Director Marc Meyers will be in attendance. . Ticket information can be found Here.

Before Jeffrey Dahmer became one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, he was a teenage loner. Conducting grisly experiments in a makeshift backyard lab, Jeff was invisible to most, until his increasingly bizarre behavior unexpectedly attracted friends. Based on the acclaimed graphic memoir by cartoonist John “Derf” Backderf — who was a teenage friend of the nascent serial killer and nearly became his first human victim — My Friend Dahmer chronicles the origins of the man, the monster — and the high-school senior. Ross Lynch portrays Dahmer in a performance that Paper Magazine describes as “haunted, sad, scary, and unforgettable,” and the exceptional cast includes Anne Heche, Vincent Kartheiser, Dallas Roberts,
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5 Things to Know About My Friend Dahmer Breakout Star Ross Lynch

5 Things to Know About My Friend Dahmer Breakout Star Ross Lynch
Young people may know Ross Lynch as Austin Moon from Austin & Ally or Brady in Teen Beach Movie.

Now, the 21-year-old actor is widening his fan base by starring as cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the new movie, My Friend Dahmer, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Derf Backderf. In 1992, Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences in prison for killing and mutilating 15 men and boys. A fellow inmate beat him to death in prison in 1994. The film is now out in select theaters.

For those unfamiliar with Lynch till now, here are five things
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Ross Lynch

Ross Lynch is a singer, songwriter, and actor who was born in Littleton, Colorado, on December 29, 1995. He is best-known as one of the founding members of ‘R5’, a pop-rock band. Lynch is also known for playing Austin Moon in ‘Austin & Ally’, a Disney Channel original series. Most recently, he played the lead role of Jeffrey Dahmer in his teen years in the biographical drama film ‘My Friend Dahmer’. The film, which is about American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, was released on November 4, 2017. It was written and directed by Marc Meyers and based on the book

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Ross Lynch
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Ross Lynch, Former Disney Star, Plays Jeffrey Dahmer In ‘My Friend Dahmer’

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Former Disney star Ross Lynch took on the role of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer. Ross Lynch Plays Jeffrey Dahmer Lynch is best known for playing Austin Moon on popular Disney show Austin & Ally. The 21-year-old actor has really matured since then, and decided to play the exceedingly dark cannibalistic serial killer Dahmer. He raped, […]

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How Disney Star Ross Lynch Landed the Role of Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer

How Disney Star Ross Lynch Landed the Role of Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer became one of America’s most horrifying figures after he murdered 17 men and boys — killing and eating many of them to satisfy a twisted sexual kink — over the course of 12 years. But in writer-director Marc Meyer’s “My Friend Dahmer,” the future monster’s just a troubled teenage outcast. Meyer’s meticulous late-’70s period drama, based on the graphic novel by Dahmer’s old high school acquaintance John “Derf” Backderf, takes a revisionist approach to Dahmer epitomized by the casting of Disney star Ross Lynch in the lead role.

Read More:‘My Friend Dahmer’ Trailer: Anne Heche Is Unhinged in This Gripping Portrait of the Serial Killer as a Young Man — Watch

Lynch, best known for the Disney Channel series “Austin & Ally” and the “Teen Beach Movie” series, buries his pop-star stature in a messy mop of hair, thick wireframe glasses and a dull stare.
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Thor: Ragnarok Crushes the Box Office with $121 Million

Thor: Ragnarok Crushes the Box Office with $121 Million
As expected, Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok helped revive the box office with a better than projected opening weekend of $121 million. The highly-anticipated superhero adventure was projected to take in between $100 million with the top end of the projections $120, and it even managed to barely exceed those expectations. The Thor movie comes along at just the perfect time, following the worst summer movie season in over a decade and a sagging October after a promising September lead by It.

Thor: Ragnarok opened in 4,080 theaters for an impressive $29,658 per-screen average. The movie already earned an impressive $107.6 million at the international box office last weekend, and its foreign total has ballooned to $306 million, for a global total of $427 million, more than doubling its $180 million production budget. The movie also opened in key foreign territories this weekend like China and Japan, although specific numbers from those markets have yet to come in at this time.
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